Variation in magnetic properties of Cu/fcc Fe/Cu (001) sandwich structures

W. Schwarzacher*, W. Allison, R. F. Willis, J. Penfold, R. C. Ward, I. Jacob, W. F. Egelhoff

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Spin-polarised neutron reflection is used to determine the magnetisation of ultrathin epitaxial fcc Fe films sandwiched by Cu (001). A 3.0ML (monolayer) film had a measured average magnetic dipole moment per atom of 1.9±0.6 Bohr magnetons/atom which is the highest value yet observed for an fcc Fe film on Cu and is consistent with the high spin-moment phase predicted theoretically for bulk fcc iron. This state only appears to be stable for a narrow range of film thicknesses. Raising the film growth temperature leads to a considerable decrease in the observed moment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-566
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989


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